Mountmellick TYs' fashion extravaganza

Show TV and fashion personalities at Laois fashion and beauty event

Mountmellick TYs' fashion extravaganza

Mountmellick Community School's entire transition year has joined forces to organise a ladies day out that will be one to remember.

The 47 TYs, led by teachers Patty Conroy and Amanda Coughlin, will hold a ladies 'fashion and beauty extravaganza' in the Heritage Hotel on April 10, featuring top Irish fashion names and enviable goodybags and prizes awaiting the lucky 300 ladies attending.

The students formed an event management company called BeauTY School, and used every ounce of their persuasive skills to enlist names like TV3's Xpose presenter Aishling O'Loughlin as host, RTE celebrity make-up artist Aimee Connolly to do a tutorial, and Laois fashion designer Heidi Higgins to showcase work.

On top of that they won support from national and local businesses to sponsor it, including Image magazine, Clarins and Bare Minerals.

“Everyone was superb. They used every connection they had, and learned how to format marketing letters, follow them up with calls, and cold call,” said Ms Conroy.

There were jobs to suit everybody she said.

“While it is a ladies day, with female students and their mothers modelling, the lads have been brilliant on the phone, and selling tickets, packing the bags, and will usher on the day,” she said.

The day begins at 11am, with the make-up tutorial, followed by the fashion show, then a hair tutorial by A&A Hair Studio, who will take a mother from the audience and restyle her.

The Heritage will serve a tasty afternoon tea.

Guests will each get a giftbag worth €20, packed with goodies and vouchers.

Lots of spot prizes also throughout the day, including a €500 hamper of hair products from A&A.

Preparation for the show had its roots in a mini company which made €1,600 profit last Christmas selling cribs and bird boxes.

“Each student had invested seed money of about €10 into that at the start of the year. They got back half of the profit, the other half was turned into a rolling investment into BeauTY School, We expect to make a profit in the thousands of euros. Half will go to events in the current TY programme, and half of it into next years, in the form of scholarships for students,” explained Ms Conroy.

She thanked local businesses, including Jack and Cecil Carter for supplying sound.

“The support of the local community, as usual for Mountmellick, was absolutely fabulous, they were behind us 100 percent. It's going to be a great day,” she said.

Limited tickets available €30 from the school or any TY student. Call 057-8624220.